This week I am traveling to Wichita, Kansas. I’ll be playing in the orchestra and teaching a masterclass and some lessons at Wichita State University.
It’s slightly hilarious to me that a week of playing in an orchestra, teaching lessons, and making reeds sounds like a VACATION compared to my normal life of playing in an orchestra, teaching lessons, and making reeds – but something about getting on a plane makes it seem like a real getaway. Really, just not being in my own house where there is always something to do or someone who needs a snack or a bath is going to be a treat.
I always have mixed feelings about leaving Zoe – on the one hand I look forward to hours of uninterrupted practice time, reflection time, writing time. I can work on some website updates I’ve been planning and get a substantial head start on the recital music that’s been kind of on hold. On the other hand, of course, she is SO GREAT. I’d love to spend every minute of the day with her, and I miss her even when she’s at school and I am working like a maniac to get everything done before she comes back. A daily Face Time call doesn’t compare to an actual life together.
Meanwhile, though, I’m excited to visit a town I’ve never been to. Can’t wait to play in the orchestra – Haydn 90 and Carmina Burana – and I’m looking forward to visiting with an old friend and meeting some great students and talking oboe ALL WEEK LONG.
Who’s near Kansas? For concert info click HERE.